Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: Ike Daniels, Naquil Betrand set commitment dates

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Syracuse coach Dino Babers waits in the tunnel of the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

Even though we are still in the July dead period in recruiting, there’s still plenty of news from the Syracuse recruiting world.

Two priority Syracuse football targets set their commitment dates last week. The first was 2023 running back Ike Daniels from Mountain (VA) View High, who will announce on July 22. Daniels officially visited Syracuse on the weekend of June 24, and listed SU in his top two with Hawaii. He had officially visited the Rainbow Warriors on June 10. Daniels is rated three stars by 247 Sports, and also holds offers from a slew of Power 5 programs, including Arizona State, Boston College, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, among others.

2023 OL Naquil Betrand announced his top six schools on July 4, and announced on Friday that he will announce his college decision on July 30. His final six schools are Georgia, Texas A&M, Syracuse, Auburn, Kentucky and Penn State. The Philadelphia (PA) Northeast was formerly committed to Colorado, and is rated three stars by 247 Sports and is the No. 20 recruit in Pennsylvania.

Another 2023 offensive lineman that Syracuse is waiting on is Jayden Bass. The 2023 Springfield Central High prospect received an offer from Syracuse after his football camp performance on June 4, and then officially visited the Orange from June 24 – 26. 247 Sports has Syracuse currently in the driver’s seat of his recruitment, but Bass has not set a timeline for an announcement, and is also currently not doing interviews with the media. In the meantime, Liberty extended an offer to the three-star prospect last week.

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Syracuse also offered 2025 running back Malakhi Lewis from Stanton (Fla.) College Prep. Penn State, Notre Dame, Baylor and Arizona are among the schools to have offered so far.

In the basketball world, Syracuse has been long pursuing four-star 2023 guard Elmarko Jackson. The Orange offered the South (CT) Kent High prospect in summer 2021, and since then, his recruitment has taken off. Louisville is the most recent school to offer him, and 247 Sports’ Jody Demling writes that Syracuse is among the schools recruiting him the hardest. Other high-major programs pursuing him include Villanova, Indiana, Kansas, LSU, and Michigan.

Earlier in July, Syracuse extended an offer to Elijah Gertrude from Hudson (NJ) Catholic. While he is currently only rated a three-star prospect and 138th overall in his class by 247 Sports, expect that to change in the near future. National Champion Kansas was the latest school to extend an offer last week according to Pro Insight’s Andrew Slater, adding to his list that includes Pitt, Rutgers and Seton Hall.

One other note from the 2023 class: Syracuse extended an offer to South Kent forward Tafara Gapare earlier in the cycle, but Gapare committed to DePaul in June. The Orange may reengage with Gapare now that he has decommitted. He’s currently ranked as the No. 46 recruit in his class, and also picked up an offer from Iona last week.

On the women’s side, Syracuse offered 2023 guard Gretchen Dolan from Williams (NY) South High. West Virginia, Clemson, Illinois, St. John’s and UCF are among the schools that have offered so far.

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Rutger is a freelance writer and as a Syracuse native, has an affinity for all Syracuse University Athletics. From Donovan McNabb to Mike Powell, Rutger has seen greatness in many forms don an Orange uniform over the last 30 years. He covers all Syracuse athletics with a particular emphasis on football and recruiting.